Matty Matheson’s Mexican restaurant is closing

Fonda Balam, the Mexican restaurant that has been a fixture in Trinity Bellwoods for the last three years will soon be closing its doors.

Brought to life by partner’s in business and life Kate Chomyshyn and Julio Guajardo in partnership with celebrity chef,  Matty Matheson, the concept evolved through their friendship and shared love for authentic Mexican food.

The couple took to Instagram to share the news.

“After 3 amazing years of building Fonda Balam, it’s with mixed emotions that we share , we have decided to pursue different paths at this time. which means that we will be closing Fonda,” the caption read. “To everyone who shared a meal, laughter, and love with us at Fonda, thank you. It has been a truly special place, and we are grateful for the memories we’ve shared. We are forever thankful for your unconditional support and love.”

In the Toronto food scene, Kate and Julio are considered royalty. They’ve been behind some of the city’s best Mexican restaurants, including Quetzal, Rosalinda  and the pop-up Birria Balam. The inspiration for Fonda Balam comes from Kate and Julio’s many trips to Julio’s native León, Guanajuato, and throughout Mexico. The couple explored regional ingredients and cooking traditions, aiming to bring those authentic flavours to Toronto. 

Since the announcement, the couple has received an overwhelming amount of support from the restaurant community and patrons.

“I’m so sad to read this. I have had some very memorable meals @fondabalam over the past 3 years and will miss you very much! Wishing you all the best for whatever is next for you,” read a comment from CTV host Michelle Jobin.

“I’ve live in LA, I’ve lived in Chicago. Fonda was some of the best Mexican food I’ve ever had. Memorable foerver,” read another comment.

While they have yet to announce a closing date, Kate and Julio followed up with this message:

“Since the announcement, we have been overwhelmed with an outpouring of support. We want to assure you that we are doing our best to serve each and every one of you, despite being understaffed. Your understanding and support mean the world to us. We are truly grateful for your patience as we navigate through this transition. Together, we can make these last days of Fonda truly memorable and filled with love.”

But before you cry into your cerveza, the couple announced on their K&J Cocina Instagram page that new things were on the horizon.

“Our goal has always been to share our love for Mexico through our food , and we plan to continue doing so!! Stay tuned as we plan our next move , thanks for all the love and support ❤️ we love you all!!”

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